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Fire Extinguisher Residue Cleanup

There are seven common types of fire extinguishers. Two of them do not have to be cleaned after use. Those two are:

  1. Water – Just dry the area and proceed with your restoration.
  2. Carbon Dioxide – Carbon Dioxide removes oxygen in the area to suffocate a fire. Carbon dioxide extinguishers leave no residue and are commonly used in computer rooms and food storage areas. Since they leave no residue, you can go straight to the restoration work.

The other five types of fire extinguishers require thorough cleaning to be performed after use. Those five and what they are made of are listed here. Out of these five, the halotron extinguisher is the only one that requires very different cleaning procedures. The other types can all be cleaned with the procedures under "Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher Residue Clean Up."

  1. Halotron - Some older fire extinguishers use halon as the extinguishing media. Halon was common in older fire extinguishers because it leaves no VISIBLE residue. Halon extinguishers are no longer being produced
  2. Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical - Typically uses a chemical agent called mono ammonium phosphate
  3. Regular Dry Chemical – Uses a sodium-bicarbonate-based dry chemical agent
  4. Foam
  5. Purple K Dry Chemical – Uses a potassium-bicarbonate-based dry chemical agent

Halotron Fire Extinguisher Residue Cleanup

Basic Method

  1. To remove Halotron residue, every surface needs to be cleaned -- even surfaces that have a miniscule chance of being contacted (contents in drawers, closets, etc.).
  2. Dilute Unsmoke Degrease-All at 14 oz per gallon of water. Apply it with a sponge, or use sprayer for larger areas.
  3. Neutralize all areas cleaned by using Unitex Daily Clean diluted at 2 oz per gallon of water. Allow surfaces to dry.


Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher Residue Cleanup

Basic Method

  1. Install a HEPA air scrubber to remove all airborne particles.
  2. Use a HEPA vacuum to clean all surfaces and contents inside cabinets and drawers.
  3. Because dry chemical fire extinguishers are very corrosive to metal surfaces, those surfaces should be cleaned first.
  4. Clean all surfaces using Unsmoke Degrease-All diluted at 14 oz per gallon of water.
  5. Neutralize all surfaces using Unitex Daily Clean. For carpets, use Matrix All Fiber Rinse diluted at 4-6 oz per gallon of water.
  6. Kitchen plates and cookware can be washed in the dishwasher or by hand with a standard dishwashing soap.
  7. Clothing can be washed as normal in the washing machine.

: Always follow label directions, and never mix products unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary.

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  1. Sponge Scrub White/Yellow

    Starting at: $0.65

    Sponge Scrub White/Yellow

    Pick the double-sided cellulose sponge/scrubber that tackles soil removal then wipes up residue fast. Made of non-woven material for gentle cleaning, this sponge works wonders on sinks, tubs, toilets, ceramic, plastic, rubber, countertops, desks and more!

    • For light-duty chores
    • Non-woven material has gentle cleaning action
    • Great on plastic, rubber, countertops, ceramic, sinks and more
  2. Matrix® All Fiber Rinse

    Starting at: $14.13

    Matrix® All Fiber Rinse

    All Fiber Rinse rinses away every trace of dirt and cleaning solution, leaving behind a residue-free carpet that's squeaky clean and soft to the touch. For best results, use All Fiber Rinse after cleaning with Matrix Grand Slam.

    • Eliminates every trace of dirt and cleaning solution residue
    • Leaves carpets bright and soft
    • pH: 2.5–4.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet and wool
    • Variable dilutions
  3. Unitex® Daily Clean Neutral Cleaner

    Starting at: $6.91

    Unitex® Daily Clean Neutral Cleaner

    Daily Clean's concentrated, general-purpose formula leaves no sign of streaks or haze. Low-foam and concentrated, it works best mixed 1–3 ounces per gallon; then apply with an automatic scrubber or mop for terrific results.

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    • Safe for everyday use
    • Leaves no residues
    • pH: 7.0–8.5
    • Multi-surface use
    • Dilute 1–3 ounces per gallon of water
  4. Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Starting at: $25.65

    Unsmoke Degrease-All Degreaser

    Degrease-All offers a special blend of tough cleaning agents formulated to remove silt and soot from walls, fixtures, sealed wood, painted surfaces, yet gentle enough to be used as a traffic lane cleaner. It is tough enough to remove the heaviest smoke odors.

    • Multi-surface degreaser
    • Highly effective for removing soot
    • pH: 12.3 (RTU 11.0)
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Various dilution options
  5. Turbo Brush for Minuteman HEPA Micro Vac

    Turbo Brush for Minuteman HEPA Micro Vac

    Turbo Brush Attachment for Minuteman Micro Vac (Wet/Dry Vacuum)

    • Same-day shipping!
    • 30-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee!
    • Free technical support!
  6. HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber

    HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber

    Want to earn up to 70% more rental income on your air scrubber? Switch to the HEPA 1000 Air Scrubber. Its cutting-edge design delivers 1,000 CFM of clean, HEPA-filtered air.

    • Earn up to 70% more rental income
    • 1,000 CFM of Clean HEPA Filtered Air
    • Compact size allows for one-person operation
    • Weighs just 73.5 pounds!
  7. Chemical Resistant Pump-Up Sprayer  (2 Gallon)

    Chemical Resistant Pump-Up Sprayer (2 Gallon)

    These sprayers are designed with a fan tip for optimum coverage during application. The sprayer's solvent-resistant viton seals and heavy-duty, chemical-resistant poly tank make this a top-of-the-line product pick.

    • Holds 2 gallons
    • Fan tip designed for maximum coverage during application
    • Solvent-resistant seals
    • Chemical-resistant tank
  8. Unitex® Sheen Metal Cleaner and Polish

    Unitex® Sheen Metal Cleaner and Polish

    This mild polish contains no abrasives or acids, yet it restores silver, brass, copper, stainless, chrome, and aluminum fixtures to an original shine. Apply the product with a rag and buff to remove smoke, soot, spots and discoloration.

    • Helps remove smoke, soot, spots and discoloration
    • Gentle formula; no abrasives
    • pH: None
    • Restores brass, copper, stainless, aluminum, chrome and silver
    • Ready to use
  9. Microfiber Cloth 16" x 16," 300 Gram

    Starting at: $1.04

    Microfiber Cloth 16" x 16," 300 Gram

    Softer than silk, yet bull-dog tough, these 300-gram weight microfiber cloths measure 16" x 16". They pick up more dirt and dust than traditional rags and wipes, plus they use less chemical and leave surfaces dry and streak free.

    • Withstands up to 500 washings
    • 300-gram quality
    • Lasts longer and picks up more dirt
    • Use on any surface, will not scratch

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